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Old 04-16-2009, 01:18 AM   #1
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Michael Finley hit a 3-pointer as time expired to force overtime, and Tim Duncan put on a dominating show from there, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a division-clinching 105-98 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.

Coupled with a Houston loss to Dallas, the Spurs clinched the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and will play Dallas in the first round of the playoffs. The Hornets fell to the seventh seed after letting this one slip away.

New Orleans led by five with 47.6 seconds left in the fourth period, but missed free throws gave the Spurs a chance. Finley took advantage, draining a 3-pointer as the clock ran down to zero.

Duncan took over from there.

He scored six of his 20 points in overtime, when he also had six rebounds, two assists and swatted Chris Paul's layup. It was the most commanding performance from Duncan since the All-Star break, when his knees began aching and his health became a constant worry.

David West scored 34 points for New Orleans, which blew its chance at the No. 6 seed. Duncan's jewel in overtime came on a tough one-handed, baseline jumper - leaving West screaming in frustration.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 29 points, and was serenaded with chants of "M-V-P!" as he sank free throws in the closing seconds to seal the unlikely win.

Paul had 26 points and 14 assists for the Hornets, who will play Denver in the first round. The Spurs will start off against the Mavericks at home, but it was close.

Never have the Spurs opened the playoffs on the road since winning the first of four NBA titles in 1999. The last time it happened, David Robinson was their leading scorer, they played in the Alamodome, and Duncan's first postseason lasted just four games when they were ousted by Phoenix.

But thanks to Finley's clutch 3-pointer and the Mavs, San Antonio will open the playoffs at home once again, and on a four-game winning streak.

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Great win, a well earned division title for our team. A big wow to Tony Parker getting MVP chants. Who would have thought it?
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Yeah that was very cool.




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